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  1. Tackling fuel poverty in rural areasWhat can be done? Kath McDaid NEA Regional Co-ordinator Yorkshire & Humber Region

  2. What is currently available to tackle Fuel Poverty? • Grant aid schemes – national and local • Invest to save projects • Energy supplier programmes such as:Carbon Emissions Reduction Target – CERT Community Energy Savings Programme – CESP Priority Services Register Social Tariffs Trust Funds • Smart meters

  3. Affordable warmth - What is out there to help?

  4. Affordable warmth - What is out there to help?

  5. What is available regionally? • York and North Yorkshire Affordable Warmth Partnership • York and North Yorkshire Hotspots Scheme • Leeds City Region Low Carbon Framework • Craven and Harrogate • Yorkshire and Humber AW Action Plan • North Yorkshire Housing Strategy • Humber Housing Strategy • Energy Saving Trust advice centre – ESTac • Rural Community Council – Regional Co-ordinator (looking at off-gas communities)

  6. What Can Be Done? • Lobbying Local Authority for grants + local action plans for achieving affordable warmth • County sign up to eradicating fuel poverty by 2016 • Lobbying central government to: • continue grant aid especially in favour of renewable technologies in off-gas areas • ensure Ofgem regulates in favour of consumer • ensure Commission for Rural Communities acts on rural fuel poverty • Health sector contributing towards action on fuel poverty • Lobby regional agencies to maintain profile of AW alongside climate change priorities

  7. What do you think?

  8. Any questions? Thank you for listening Contact: Kath.mcdaid@nea.org.uk 07855 863310